In order to equip decision-makers to use evidence, an embedded IPA and J-PAL team began a policy partnership with Colombia's government in 2016. Working with the National Department of Planning (DNP), the team created a repository of evaluations, ranked the evaluations according to rigor, conducted a capacity-building course for 11 government entities (including the Ministries of Education, Health, Social Protection, and others), and connected researchers to government partners interested in running rigorous, policy-relevant evaluations.

 

IPA is also collaborating with Colpensiones—the public defined-benefit provider—and the Inter-American Development Bank to measure the impact of text messages on retirement savings behavior. Meanwhile, an evaluation of LISTA, a tablet-based financial education program for cash transfer participants in partnership with the government and Fundación Capital, contributed to Fundación Capital's scale-up of the program. LISTA is now planned to reach approximately 500,000 people across five countries, including Colombia.

Recently, IPA has evaluated two security programs with urban governments: one on the impacts of intensive municipal governance and community organization on gang governance in Medellín, and another on the effects of concentrated policing and municipal clean-ups in Bogotá. These evaluations are part of IPA Colombia's ongoing co-creation of evidence and capacity building for rigorous research with decision-makers.


Highlights
Study

Police forces in cities tend to focus their efforts on the highest-crime areas, but increasing state presence in the highest crime spots may simply displace crime to other areas, leaving overall...

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Event
On August 29, IPA Colombia in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, the National Planning Department, and the World Bank Group, held a workshop titled: Evidence Dialogue on Small and...
Study

Urban armed groups, especially criminal gangs, are a growing threat to peace and economic growth in cities across the world, and often exert state-like powers such as enforcing contracts, policing...